Styles: New Look at Art Nouveau

When the movie My Fair Lady opens in October, it will hammer into the public consciousness a new appreciation of an old art style that was known in its day as art nouveau—new art. In planning the film's sets and 1,000 period costumes, complete with white lace, pink muslin, and ostrich feathers sprouting from extravagant hats, British Designer Cecil Beaton drew on childhood memories of Edwardian England at the turn of the century. He thereby put the movie right in the current stylistic swim. For a decade the revival of art nouveau...

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